A pioneering new partnership between Brunel University London, the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust aims to revolutionise the way health and social care is delivered in the community.
Brunel and the two NHS Trusts will work together to launch the new Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences – providing the perfect setting for researching and developing new methods of healthcare delivery, while training future generations of healthcare professionals who will be ready to succeed in the changing landscape.
Focusing on allied health, nursing, social care and medicine, the centre will support ambitious plans to educate the current and future health and care workforce, supporting the delivery of radically transformed integrated physical and mental health and care provision.
Acting as a gateway to the wider university, the Academic Centre will also enable translational research across health, social sciences, engineering and other faculties.
The NHS is at a critical stage in its history, and universities like Brunel have a huge role to play – Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London
Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, said: “The NHS is at a critical stage in its history, and universities like Brunel have a huge role to play in coming up with new ways of giving communities access to the best health and social care, encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyles, and training the workforce of the future to adopt new methods. This is an exciting partnership; bringing together Brunel’s reputation for academic and research excellence with the much-envied clinical experience of our two partner Trusts.”
Funded by the three partners, Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences will be officially opened later in the year, while recruitment of a Centre Director will begin shortly.
The Centre’s activity will sit alongside other high-profile ways in which Brunel is addressing society’s major challenges, such as through its research into energy-efficient and sustainable technologies, smart power networks and environmental threats, from climate change to pollution.